About me

Hello and welcome to my Counselling Directory page. I am an experienced and BACP Accredited psychodynamic counsellor working in person and online with adults aged 18+. If you are finding things hard at the moment and would like to find out more about how counselling with me might be able to help, then please do not hesitate to get in touch - I look forward to hearing from you.

Psychodynamic counselling does not look for a quick fix to complex problems, and I will not give you guidance or advice, or set homework tasks. Instead, I will work hard to help you feel safe and comfortable enough to be able to tell your story and to feel really heard and understood. Once this happens, we can begin to work together to make sense of your experiences, to understand the patterns and connections between past and present, and to help you change and grow in the future. Psychodynamic counselling can be a longer-term way of working, but there is a growing body of evidence that shows that the benefits are also longer-lasting.

In psychodynamic counselling, the sessions are usually left open for you to speak about whatever thoughts or feelings might be on your mind – I won’t set an agenda or tell you what you should be talking about, but will work with you to explore whatever might be present for you in the moment. I will also help you to reflect on the process of counselling and what it feels like to be with me in the session, as this can be a really important source of insight and understanding in itself.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Therapeutic Counselling from the University of Brighton and have been working with clients for more than 10 years, within a community counselling agency, a university counselling service and in my private practice. 

I am a Registered and Accredited Member of the BACP and work within the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. This includes the requirement that I attend regular supervision to discuss my client work with an experienced colleague, and that I undertake ongoing CPD.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Areas of counselling I deal with

All clients are different and the psychodynamic approach may not be right for everyone. However I have worked successfully with clients with a wide range of presenting problems, including: depression and anxiety; loss and bereavement; relationship and sexual difficulties; issues around identity (including work with LGBTQ+ clients); trauma, including childhood and developmental trauma; issues around pregnancy and parenting, including post-natal depression. This list is not exhaustive and I aim to work with each client as an individual. If you would like to find out more about how we might work together then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Therapies offered

Fees

Additional information

My standard fee is £45 per session, for both in person and online counselling. Cancellations of less than 24 hours notice must still be paid for. I have a small number of reduced-fee spaces for clients on low incomes (including students), and this is something that we can discuss in our initial session.

Further information

Online counselling

Like many counsellors, I started working online during the first Covid lockdown in 2020, and I continue to offer online counselling to clients who are unable to attend face to face sessions in Southampton. Online sessions take place over Zoom and I will email you the session link in advance.

In many ways, online counselling works in the same way as face to face counselling – we will meet and talk together for 50 minutes at the same time each week. But there are also some important differences, especially in terms of you needing to make sure that you are in a comfortable, safe and private space in which to have the session. We will talk through some of these issues in our initial session so that you can be sure that online counselling is the right choice for you. 

If you are interested in online counselling then contact me to arrange an initial session. Please note that I am only able to work online with clients resident in the UK.

Southampton
Hampshire
SO17

Type of session

In person
Online
Paul Brand

Paul Brand